Sheldon Adelson, the US casino magnate and prominent Republican donor and philanthropist, has passed away after a long illness, his wife announced on Tuesday. He was 87.
Mr Adelson was the billionaire founder of Las Vegas Sands and is credited with transforming the city into a gaming and resort destination. He was also an influential owner of regional newspapers in Las Vegas and Israel.
In recent years, he was a close confidant of US president Donald Trump and wielded power behind the scenes, including successfully urging Mr Trump to push for the relocation of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Last week, Mr Adelson took medical leave from his role as chairman and chief executive of Las Vegas Sands for treatment of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, according to one of his newspapers, the Las Vegas Review-Journal.